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Posted: March 20, 2014

Drink your syrup: 8 amazing maple syrup cocktail recipes (in honor of Maine Maple Sunday)

I’ve always known maple syrup was for drinking (quickly and right out of the bottle). It wasn’t until later that I learned to add alcohol to it and pour the mapley blend into a glass.

Written by: Shannon Bryan
West End Punch by bartender Patrick McDonald at Central Provisions in Portland. Photo by Ted Axelrod

West End Punch by bartender Patrick McDonald at Central Provisions in Portland. Ted Axelrod photo

“I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup! I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. And I take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I’ve had a rough week.” – Jeremy Grey, Wedding Crashers

I’ve always known maple syrup was for drinking (quickly and right out of the bottle, the way one might take a take a swig from a coworker’s soda when she steps away from her desk to grab something off the printer). It wasn’t until later that I learned to add alcohol to it and pour the mapley blend into a glass. That’s maple syrup consumption for grown ups (and with Maine Maple Sunday coming right up, we’ll all have plenty of Maine maple syrup on hand).

People also use maple syrup to give their insides a good cleansing. If you know what I mean. And it seems people really do put maple syrup in their hair. Syrup is multidimensional like that. Sure, maple syrup operations are sometimes mistaken for meth labs. And sometimes thieves break into Canada’s strategic maple syrup reserve to pilfer 6 million gallons of it. Probably for their hair. Canada: “The Saudi Arabia of the sweet, sticky stuff.”

But on the whole it’s a condiment for innocents. It gleefully floods the plates of our youth and it gives us naturally sweetened solace when everything else in the world seems wrong. Maple syrup is also excellent in a cocktail – making everything in the world seem right.

Maple Syrup Cocktails

Some of the ingredients for West End Punch on the bar at Central Provisions. Photo by Ted Axelrod

Central Provisions’ West End Punch

Serves 2-4
2 oz Laird’s Apple Jack
1 1/2 oz George Dickel Tennessee whisky
1 1/2 oz Old Overholt rye whisky
2 oz spiced Maine maple syrup (recipe follows)
2 oz Maine apple cider
2 oz cold water
Lemon and apple slices for garnish
Measure all liquid ingredients into pitcher. Add ice cubes and mix well to blend the flavors and chill the punch. Pour into a punch bowl and float lemon and apple slices on top.
Spiced maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 star anise
1/2 cup Maine maple syrup
1/2 cup water
Toast spices in a dry skillet over medium heat until they are fragrant. In a small saucepan, combine water and maple syrup, bring to a boil. Add toasted spices and let steep for at least 30 minutes. Remove spices and chill syrup before using. Store in the fridge.

Maple Fizz

Serves 6
1 quart milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
12 oz ginger ale
Mix milk and maple syrup in a blender.
Pour into tall glasses to about two-thirds full.
Top off with ginger ale.
– via “Maple Sugar” by Tim Herd

Maple Bourbon Twist, created by agoldenafternoon.com
Photo by agoldenafternoon.com

Maple Bourbon Twist

Makes one
1 oz bourbon (Knob Creek or a small batch bourbon)
3/4 oz maple syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
2 small splashes of apple brandy
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
– via agoldenafternoon.com

Clermeil

Makes one
1 1⁄2 oz Añejo rum
3⁄4 oz Green Chartreuse
3⁄4 oz lime juice
1⁄4 oz Maple syrup (or up to 1/2 as desired)
1⁄8 oz Allspice Dram, St. Elizabeth
Shake and strain, serve up. Depending which brand/style of syrup you use, you may need to use as little as a fat 1/4 ounce to balance the cocktail.
– via kindredcocktails.com

Wedding Night Cocktail

Makes one
1 3/4 oz light rum
1/2 oz maple syrup
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain into a cocktail glass.
– via maplesyrupworld.com

The Honey Crisp Cocktail, created by Five and Spice
Photo by Five and Spice 

The Honeycrisp Cocktail

Makes one
2 oz rye whiskey
1 Tbs dark maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1/2 oz orange juice (optional)
a twist of orange peel
3 dashes of bitters – preferably citrus bitters, but Angostura works fine
4 oz chilled dry hard cider (using a cider that’s on the dry side helps to keep the drink from being too sweet, but if you prefer rather sweet drinks, you can try it with a less dry cider.)
In a tall glass (or awesome cocktail mug) stir together the whiskey, maple syrup, and orange juice (if using). Add the bitters and orange peel, then top off with the cider.
– via fiveandspice.wordpress.com

Maple Leaf Cocktail

Makes one
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz pure maple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
– via thekitchn.com

White Quebecer Drink Recipe

Makes one
1 1/2 oz vodka (Absolut)
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz maple syrup
Warm 2 percent milk
Whipped cream
Chocolate shavings

In a coffee mug, mix Kahlua, maple syrup, and vodka. Then fill mug with warm milk and top with whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
– via drinknation.com

Maine Maple Sunday

Sunday, March 22. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations, plus ice cream and maple syrup, pancake breakfasts, maple cotton candy, maple nuts and, well, lots of stuff made with syrup.
FMI: www.mainemapleproducers.com

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